When Global War on Terror Becomes Local:a Study of Ethnic Somalis in Eastleigh

Nanna Jo Poulsen, A. Nielsen, Ida Guldman Banke, Ida Johanne Møller Jepsen & Louise Andersen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This study explores implications of the Kenyan government’s anti-terror strategies for ethnic Somalis. This is done through the lense of securitization theory as accounted for by Copenhagen School theorists and Juha A. Vuori. The study aims to analyze historical descriptive inferences, in order to contextualize the Somali-Kenyan relational narrative. Through speech act analyses, it is argued that, the Kenyan government, exemplified through speech acts of William Ruto and Ole Lenku, generates securitization moves. It is done in order to legitimize actions, beyond normal political procedure, in the name of counter- terrorism. The speech acts are analyzed as implicit securitizations of ethnic Somalis living in Kenya as an ‘existential threat’ to the referent object of ‘Kenya’ and ‘Kenyans’. It is further explored, how these securitization moves have an effect on the local community in the Somali-dominated area Eastleigh, Nairobi. This is explored through personal narratives and realities of ethnic Somalis, which contribute to the construction of the analytical concepts of political and cultural security.

UddannelserBasis - Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato27 maj 2015
VejledereJacob Rasmussen


  • Refugees, Eastleigh, Securitization, Kenya, Terror, GWOT